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A Gift of Dharma for 10.21.09

ctr_1970_sans_taniaToday’s gift comes to us from the Vidyādhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987). 

The eleventh Trungpa tülku, Rinpoche founded Samye Ling, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Western world; the organization that became Shambhala International; several major retreat centers, including Karmê Chöling, Shambhala Mountain Center, and Gampo Abbey; the publication that became Shambhala Sun; and Naropa University

Widely regarded as one of the most important and controversial figures in the development of Buddhism in North America in the twentieth century, his many books include such classics as Born in Tibet, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation, Dharma Art, Mudra, Glimpses of Abhidharma, Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness, and–of course–Shambhala:  The Sacred Path of the Warrior

An acknowledged tertön, the terma he discovered includes the Sadhana of Mahamudra.

Here’s the quote–excerpted from a Maha Ati text translated by Trungpa Rinpoche:

Since all things are naked, clear, and free from obscurations, there is nothing to attain or realise. The everyday practice is simply to develop a complete acceptance and openness to all situations and emotions. And to all people – experiencing everything totally without reservations and blockages, so that one never withdraws or centralises onto oneself.

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  1. Colleen

    Meeting your teacher for the first time

    remember
    when you meet him again
    what it felt like
    to not have ever met him.
    this way
    you might offer
    in return
    the respect that he offers you
    as naturally as breath comes between you
    and beyond you
    both.

    remember that he is only human.
    remember that he only does not know
    you
    per say.
    remember that he never will
    any more beyond the first time that he laughed in your ear
    and uttered his first “yes, that’s right”.

    Remember these things
    though not with the aim to keep him.
    Remember in a way that brings what is in front of you
    into light.
    Remember with the aspiration
    to somehow forgive
    the bars that assumed you less than
    you can be which is
    free.

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